We are really proud of all the work our team have been doing to support our candidates and clients in these challenging times by continuing to work from home to make sure they also stay safe and well.
Whilst some of us have been placed on furlough the rest of the team are here and ready to help in any way we can.
We’ll stay in regular contact and give you support by sharing relevant information and guidance around Job Searching, Career Support, Recruitment and HR as well as things like mental health and wellbeing.
We have put together a handy guide with advice and tips to help you both work at home.
If you have been placed on furlough, currently the Government Guidelines say you are able to work for another employer or volunteer in line with your current employment contract.
If you are looking for work, you may be able to find temporary work in sectors where demand for certain products and services have increased. You’ll find local, current vacancies on the major supermarkets websites such as Tesco, Sainsburys, Lidl and Waitrose who are all looking to fill temporary jobs across the region.
Our local Salisbury District Hospital has put out an appeal for Bank Staff and Volunteers and you can contact them here.
Now might be a good time to review your CV and make any relevant changes. It’s surprising how much peoples skills and experience change in a relatively short period of time, so if you haven’t had a good look at your CV for a while now is a chance to revamp it and make sure it’s ready for when businesses start recruiting again. You’ll find help with writing a CV on our insights page and one of our recent blogs Are You Confident About Your CV – Top Tips for a Revamp might help too.
You will probably be using Social Media more than ever to keep in touch with family and friends but did you know that more and more employers are using Social Media to make hiring decisions? We wrote last year about what Social Media Tells A Potential Employer and how the key is drawing a line between your professional and personal personas. Look at all of your Social Media accounts and check your privacy settings to make sure only the people you want to can see your account and clear out any photos that don’t show you in the best light and look out for posts where a friend may have tagged you.
Job boards have more than just current jobs posted on them. They also provide career advice and ways to improve skills and knowledge. Take this one from Reed UK which shares seven of the best home learning courses around. Monster also has some great tips and advice on their careers page.
If you are worried about being furloughed or you have questions about how your employer is using the furlough system, or need some free, impartial advice, then visit the ACAS website or Citizens Advice website which are both good places to start.
Looking After Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing
It’s only natural for some us to feel worried or anxious at the moment but there are things you can do to make sure any low feelings don’t turn into something more serious. Public Health England has set out guidance on how to look after your mental health which includes maintaining contact with friends and family, keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern, and focusing on a hobby or learning something new.
The government has said we can take an hour of daily exercise and that is important for both our physical and mental wellbeing. For some of us it is easier to get outside than for others but there are several online fitness channels popping up that provide different exercise classes if you do find yourself stuck indoors. A few Salisbury based companies are doing the same and a couple we would recommend are Your Day Your Dance and Fitness Pilates Classes with Sam. Our MD trekked the Great Wall of China last year with these guys and so we know what great teachers they are and that their workouts are really fun and good for all abilities.
If you are struggling with your mental health and need someone to talk to you’ll find help at the
Mental Health Charity Mind website, who also have some great advice about how to keep mentally fit during the coronavirus situation.
How About A Nature Watch
Our very own Salisbury Cathedral has seen the return of their peregrine falcons and word has it that eggs have been laid in the nest box on the roof! The Cathedral webcam is monitoring the nest night and day so you can keep an eye on what they are up to. You can also take a virtual tour of the Cathedral via their website.
Have you been to Stonehenge? If not and even if you have, why not take a virtual tour via their interactive webpage “which offers a small escape where you can connect with the land, the stones and the skies above”.
We’ll keep you updated with more tips and advice but if there is anything you are not sure about then please give us a call on the usual number 01722 334433